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Justin Verlander Shuts Down the Yankees

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 06:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 6, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The righty matched a career high with fourteen strikeouts in Detroit's 7-2 win over the Yankees last night, allowing two runs and throwing a whopping 132 pitches over eight innings of work. It was actually only the second-best game pitched against the Yankees since Saturday, at least according to Bill James's game score statistic. (The best was Felix Hernandez's complete-game two-hit shutout from over the weekend.) Still, though, not a bad effort from the defending AL MVP.

Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images